National Trust

Upstairs tours return to Knightshayes as part of anniversary celebrations

The National Trust at Knightshayes in Devon is excited to announce the return of daily upstairs tours of its spectacular Gothic Revival house. Running throughout June, the volunteer-led tours offer an opportunity for visitors to visit the first floor at Knightshayes for the first time since 2019. The tours are one of many events taking place this year as the property celebrates 50 years since it was gifted to the National Trust.

The house at Knightshayes is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose lavish designs have always inspired extremes of opinion. The upstairs...

A La Ronde’s travelling trunks come home ready for display after careful conservation brings them back to life

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Posted: Tue, 04/05/2022 - 10:26pm

Three historically important travelling trunks, which are believed to date from before 1796, have recently been away for conservation repair and have returned ready for display to help tell the story of this unique sixteen-sided house.

The trunks are an important part of A La Ronde’s history. They are thought to have gone on the Grand Tour of Europe with Jane and Mary Parminter in the 1780s. It was following this Tour that the cousins returned and began creating their home in Exmouth by building A la Ronde around 1796, influenced by what they had seen.

Unfortunately, the...

Step into spring with the National Trust in Devon

Across Devon, National Trust gardens are filling with colourful spring blooms, and houses are looking tip-top after their intensive winter cleans. There’s loads going on this season with guided tours, exhibitions, and Easter egg hunts. What’s more, every time you experience a National Trust day out, you help care for these special places for future generations.

Buckland Abbey

History of the Abbey through its art

Every Mon, until 18 Apr. 2-3.30pm.

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The perfect way to create Christmas memories with your loved ones

Experience the magic of Christmas with a special illuminated trail perfect for friends and family at Killerton, near Exeter.

What better way to walk off festive feasts than to enjoy an enchanting walk in the fresh air with loved ones?

Christmas at Killerton, which opened last month, creates timeless memories as visitors explore a beautiful world of lights and colour at the stunning National Trust property.

Matthew Findlay, Head of UK Trails for Raymond Gubbay, said: “As the festive holiday approaches, Christmas at Killerton is the perfect place to spend an...

Christmas at Killerton launches with more than a million twinkling lights

The countdown to Christmas has begun and the National Trust’s Killerton in Exeter welcomed a brand-new glittering illuminated trail on Friday evening.

Visitors marvelled at more than a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and amazing illuminated installations, which were choreographed to a soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music to transform Killerton’s majestic gardens into a winter wonderland.

Festive fun facts about the Killerton trail 2021:

  • 50 metres of pea lights feature in the Tunnel of Light
  • 236 LED spheres glow
  • 125 metres
  • ...

National Trust confirms its first Devon Roman fort

The first Roman fort on National Trust land in Devon has been confirmed at a site on the Killerton estate. A fortnight’s dig at Budlake Farm, on the estate, has proven a long-held theory that a First Century Roman fort was sited there.

The Devon fort joins a list of over 100 Roman forts on National Trust land around the UK.

Led by Trust archaeologist Martin Papworth, a team of archaeology volunteers and staff found evidence of a triple-ditched fort enclosure as well as a coin, samian pottery and ironwork thought to be from between 50-70 AD.

During a flight over...

National Trust launches ‘grow-along’ to help gardeners grow their own plastic-free kitchen sponges

National Trust launches ‘grow-along’ to help home gardeners grow their own plastic-free kitchen sponges

The National Trust is launching a new ‘grow-along’ to help people grow their own loofahs, which can be used as a sustainable alternative to plastic washing up sponges.

In 2019, the team at Knightshayes in Devon grew their first crop of loofahs – the fruit of Luffa cylindrica , a vine in the cucumber family – and began using them to wash dishes as an alternative to disposable, plastic-based sponges. Extra loofahs were sold in the onsite shop.

Senior Gardener Bev Todd says: “The interest in the loofahs was extraordinary. A lot of people bought their own seeds and were...

South West National Trust properties star in new George Clarke TV series on Channel 4 

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Posted: Thu, 08/20/2020 - 3:41pm

Airing weekly from Sunday 23 August 2020, a new six-part Channel 4 series presented by George Clarke offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the National Trust’s most remarkable properties during their closure to visitors. Featured in the show are 11 houses, gardens and coastal sites in the South West, including Hidcote, Tyntesfield, Kingston Lacy, Studland Bay, Corfe Castle and Killerton.

‘George Clarke’s National Trust Unlocked’ sees George discover some of the UK’s most impressive historic homes; finding out more about the fascinating architecture, design and stories behind...

National Trust reopens Killerton House

Last month the National Trust reopened seven properties in England and Northern Ireland as part of a phased reopening of its 200 houses. which were closed as part of the national lockdown in March.

On Tuesday 11th August, the National Trust in the South West will see Killerton House open their doors daily, for the first time in more than four months - with several new safety measures in place.

One-way systems and limited numbers inside houses will ensure that social distancing is possible, while enhanced cleaning and hand sanitising stations will be made available....

National Trust calls for UK’s letters from lockdown

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Posted: Mon, 05/11/2020 - 11:11pm

The National Trust is calling for people around the UK to share their letters with the conservation charity and its followers and members, about their lockdown experiences. The Trust plans to add a selection to its historic collection of letters.

In the two-week period from 11-25 March, the charity saw a 1,000% jump in visits to the notecard category of its online shop, suggesting people were anticipating that traditional handwritten notes and letters would be a key way to keep in touch during the lockdown.

The National Trust’s Head Curator, Sally-Anne Huxtable, says: “...